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Undergraduate | ANU-SKRT1002 | 2024

Sanskrit 1

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Uncover the origins of Sanskrit, India’s classical language. Trace its connections to ancient philosophy and literature. Learn to write the alphabet. Speak a variety of simple phrases, and take part in the Sanskrit tradition of chanting and singing.

Study method
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Start dates
20 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks

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Sanskrit 1

About this subject

  • On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Sanskrit to:

    • Pronounce all 49 sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, read aloud simple example sentences, and chant the weekly verses accurately and joyously
    • Write all 49 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet correctly, including conjunct consonants; write simple sentences accurately and aesthetically
    • Use a vocabulary of 120 items
    • Recognise and use the grammatical structures to read short texts and to translate basic sentences into and out of Sanskrit. These structures include: singular, dual and plural verb endings, for active and middle forms; the eight nominal cases; pronouns and adjectives; and the gerund
    • Conduct simple conversations on such topics as: common greetings; friends and families; food and drink; and times of day
    • Demonstrate a general understanding of the history, origins, status, and uses of Sanskrit.

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week, students are expected to study as follows:

    • 30 minutes on weekly verse: Listen to the paradigm and explanation in the e‐text. Practice singing the verse. Upload the audio into Wattle.
    • 30 minutes on spoken Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation in the e‐text. Practice and memorise the forms. Complete the online quiz as required.
    • 7 hours on practising grammar and written Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation and read through the grammar notes in the e‐text. Complete the written exercises and self‐correct your work. Upload your work into Wattle.
    • 90 minutes participating in one online class via Adobe Connect.

    Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.

Entry requirements


This subject is for students who have not previously learned Sanskrit. However, Sanskrit is a very demanding and highly technical language. This subject is not recommended for students who have not previously studied at tertiary level, or who have not studied a foreign language.
You may be required to take a placement test.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: - Laptop or computer - Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) - Headset with microphone - Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser - Reliable internet access - Access to a scanner or smartphone.
  • Other requirements - This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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